Photography: The Colors of Phnom Penh and a little bit more with the LUMIX GX8

“The Colors of Phnom Penh” and a little bit more. Cambodia Oct/Nov.2015

Pushing the LUMIX GX8 to the limit?
Not yet, this one has plenty more to offer and yes,
I am traveling very light
without sacrificing quality.


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One of those perfect afternoons, magical light and Birds in the sky over the Grand Performance Hall at the Grand Place,
Phnom Penh.
The Grand performance Hall has a very special place in my heart, it was here in 1992 that I photographed for the first time after the Pol Pot regime the APSARA Dancers, it was a first for them and me after the war. Of course that was done on good
old Kodachrome.

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"Photography is light… light is photography,
an endless Journey through Color and Time."
- GD


Some of you already know that I have been traveling to Cambodia since 1992 and nothing has changed, I still visit Cambodia yearly, rain or shine.

You maybe wondering that after all those countless visits I don’t get bored…believe me, I never get bored in Cambodia. I love this Country with its beautiful people who at times suffered so much and still do today.

Every time I am in Phnom Penh or in other parts of Cambodia I feel like I am going back in time, sure there have been a lot of changes since 1992 but somehow I truly feel at home here.

It is not only the amazing temples and ruins from the Khmer Empire that I find so fascinating; I guess it is also my personal interest in Archaeology, that I return year after year.
But then there is so much more when roaming the country site or just strolling through the streets of Phnom Penh, sitting in one of the many side Cafe’s watching life go by and let the subjects come to you.

Only a couple of weeks ago the opportunity arose again to visit Phnom Penh to take a group of editors from different media around and introducing them to the new Panasonic Lumix GX8. What a great location to use Phnom Penh to showcase the ability of this new Lumix GX8, after all, it is practical my back yard…

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Early morning, exercising along the Mekong River.
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Of course staying only one or two days is never an option for me and I added a couple days at the front and at the backend of the official trip.
I might add the group of 12, all from Singapore were very cool and I had no problems getting them motivated even in the wee hours of the morning until dark.

Thanks a bunch, you all have been great and my special thanks to the superb Panasonic group/support team like Shawn, Ziang and Kim, thanks a lot you guys.

As many of you know already I usually don’t talk much about all those technical issues I rather let my images do the talking.

But I like to mention a few things now; all images are taken with the Lumix GX8 using the 12 to 35 mm f: 2.8 for most of the images with the exception of a few that have been taken with the great little 20 mm f1.7
For all outdoor shots I used ISO 200, for early mornings and very late in the afternoon I sometimes used ISO 400.
Inside the Russian and Old Market in Phnom Penh and during my out of town venture to the wholesale fish market I varied the ISO between1600 and 2500. Those are super dark places and some I visited also in the middle of the night.
Here of course the new dual stabilizer system came in extremely handy since I didn’t use a tripod for any of these images.

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The meat-section at the Old Market
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Again the GX8 performed exceptional well under any conditions with very good color rendition and sharp images even at a higher ISO, the Noise as we call it now is actually looking more like a very nice film grain which I like a lot.
This was a very nice field test, under many difficult conditions.

Since I know Phnom Penh fairly well, I do discover new things during each and every visit and as mention before I never get bored here.

I also decided for this trip to take a slightly different approach and I was shooting fairly laid back and a lot of the featured images just came to me.
I hate chasing things around…in other words I was very relaxed on this Journey even during a 3:00AM morning shoot.
Well, I was the one who decided that and there is nobody else to blame but me.

The only problem, my Tuk Tuk driver didn’t show up on this particular morning, so I had to chase another one at 2:45AM who could take me out of town by 3:00AM. Now you might think it is easy to get another Tuk Tuk at that time of the day… no chance, but somehow I managed to locate one and all worked out well in the end.

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All images are taken in RAW format and processed with very minimal adjustments in Lightroom.

More images from Phnom Penh below…
Cheers GD

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This young girl is selling colorful Bangles on the street, she approached me during one of my coffee breaks at one of the
Side Cafe's, sometimes it just comes to you.
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Waiting for?
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Finding the right subject is the hardest part - Mary Ellen Mark

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Hmmm…picking facial hair
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Colorful Hanging Mats
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A shaft of light, inside the very dark Russian Market
and excellent handling by the GX8 in low light.

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It rain a bit overnight and by the time to get out and about for sunrise there was almost no more evidence from the nights downpour.
With the exception of this one small puddle along the Mekong River "Boulevard" in Phnom Penh, reflecting this peaceful group during
their morning exercise.



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Sunrise at the Mekong River,Phnom Penh
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Be ready when the Light is right…you have only seconds,
but this is the moment that counts. - GD



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An early morning cup of Tea for this chap
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Hi Mr… first light at the banks of the Mekong River
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Resting in the Russian Market
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Fancy some new Hair?
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This is truly an amazing Lady, but that is another story…
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"The Mechanic"
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Pure reflection: Opposite my Hotel - a new Construction site is reflecting in a new office glass building from the opposite site.
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No… I did not hang that one there…
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A photographer’s work is given shape and style by his
personal vision.
It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life
and the world around him.
- Pete Turner



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"The Accountant" at 3:30AM
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Taken the spoils… at 3:00AM
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On the streets of Phnom Penh
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Resting at the Russian Market
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Abstract Patterns at my Hotel lobby
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The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see - John W. Tukey


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Somewhere in the side streets of Phnom Penh
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Just one more…

"There is so much beauty around us even in very ordinary places that can be discovered only if we walk with our
eyes wide open.
But don't close your Eyes to the sad, ugly or misery, they are just as import and teach us valuable lessons in life."
- GD

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In the streets of Phnom Penh
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For more technical info and precise details please check out the Panasonic site at this LINK.


Highlights from Sri Lanka and the Thar Desert in India, the Photos and a lot more.

Short summery and some highlights - Information and a selection of images from our recent Journey to
Sri Lanka and the Thar Desert in India,
Feb. / March 2014.

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” –
Moslih Eddin Saadi


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Weaving Carpets at the Narhet village, Rajasthan India

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Women cleaning in the corridors at the Amber Fort
Jaipur, Rajasthan India

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First of all I like to thank all the participants who joined me on this amazing Journey and we certainly discovered at times the undiscovered…thank you all.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” –Lao Tzu


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Sunrise at Nuwara Eliaya, Sri Lanka

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Orange-breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicincta)Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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t has been a week since I returned from a 5 week Journey to Sri Lanka and India, but the Internet sucked, including here since then… getting me even more behind schedule. Ahhh well...

Hopefully while I am typing the connection is not going to let me down again by the time I am ready to upload this post, I just have to cross my fingers…

There was little time or no connection to post anything during my travels but then getting the images in field is much more important and enjoyable, hence the reason for this long overdue post.

I am still in a major editing mode even so Aperture 3 has made my life a lot easier these days, but it is the fine tuning in the end that is time consuming and the decision making is never ending for those images.

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Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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I keep the writing fairly brief today, heaps of things to do, the editing from the last trip and catching up with emails. I am also planning new international Workshops and Photo Tours to India in 2014 and working on some excellent destinations for 2015 namely Tibet and Bhutan. I am updating the Calendar on my GD Photo Tours/Workshops shortly with all those amazing new destinations, so please stay tuned.

Please Note: If you like to participate in the amazing and confirmed Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, India scheduled for Nov. 30th - Dec. 12th, 2014 please advise me ASAP since there is only very limited accommodation available and we have to receive your bookings and confirmations way in advance.
The same applies also for the confirmed Photo Tour to the
- Hemis Festival in Ladakh - July 01 - July 12, 2014.

While I am trying to get this all done I have to make a trip to Cebu next week for a Digital Photo Exhibition, Seminars and Workshop at the new Power Mac Center Training facilities. There just not enough hours in the day… grrrrr
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Excerpts from the Cebu announcement below:


(Kicking off the event is the Digital Photo Exhibit featuring published and award-winning images of internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded Australian photographer Gunther Deichmann. The exhibit will be open to the public from 10am to 7pm on April 7 to 10, 2014 at the Power Mac Center Cebu Training Center located at Unit G-2 Ground Floor, Creative IT Center II Bldg., Mindanao Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

Following the exhibit is the Photography Training scheduled on April 11 and 12 also at the Power Mac Center Cebu Training Center. The training workshop, conducted by certified Apple Pro Trainer Deichmann, aims to provide participants with hands-on instructions on digital photography fundamentals as well as troubleshooting ideas for managing photos on Apple devices.)
For more details please contact the PMC at:
Power Mac Center Cebu Office, call 0908-8856277 or email
aatc@powermaccenter.com

Also more info at PHOTOiNEWS

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller


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Grey langur monkey, Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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But now back to our recent Journey to Sri Lanka and the Thar Desert in India, everything went just great and all the Participants managed to get some amazing images.

In Sri Lanka we had some great wildlife shooting opportunities including the sighting of some 5 elusive Sri Lankan Leopards in one day alone, plus a vast number of amazing birds, Elephants, Mongoose etc. etc.
But we visited also some great cultural sites and had a breathtaking sunrise high in the mountain. I might add, getting up at 2:30AM was not so inspiring but in the end worth every bit of it.

A few weeks later we traveled from Sri Lanka to India into the fascinating Thar Desert which is teaming with wildlife, amazing Culture, a rich history, friendly people and vibrant colors all around us. And the truly amazing experience for everyone in the group when we confronted thousand of migratory Demoiselle
cranes in the Thar Desert.

In due time I post a few more short articles, relating specifically to certain areas and talk about first hand experiences.

During the entire Journey I only used the Lumix GH3 and the new GX7 with a variety of lenses including the amazing 100 to 300mm lens for most of the wildlife images. (35mm equivalent to 200 – 600mm) More info on the Camera performance later, but I can state already they performed exceptional well in all situations.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”
- James Michener



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Holi Festival in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

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Novice Monk at a remote Buddhist Monastery, Sri Lanka

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On a more personal note I certainly did enjoy the company of all participants, we had some very early mornings, late evenings but somehow managed to have a little fun in between.

Also a nice
Déjà vu since I had not done much wildlife photography for a long time, I actually started my Photography in Kakadu National Park, Australia, and Sri Lanka was a nice welcome back to the old days.


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Sri Lankan Elephants, Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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Towards the end of April when I have caught my breath again I post some of the shorter articles, so please do drop by and check out my Blog for the updates.

I hope YOU enjoy all those images I posted today a small selection from this truly amazing Journey.

GD

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Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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Sigiriya - Kassapa Lions Rock Habarana, Sri Lanka

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In the streets of Virindavan, India
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Holi Festival in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

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Rat Temple - Karni Mata, Rajasthan, India

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Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

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Thar Desert, India

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At the banks of the Yamuna river, Virindavan India
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Village in the Thar Desert Rajasthan, India

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Streets of Jaipur Rajasthan, India

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Interesting light patters and view towards the Jain Temple, as seen
through a small window from a staircase in Jaisalmer, Thar Desert, India


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Carrying a heavy load in the village pottery,
Thar Desert Rajasthan, India


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Keeping the fire going, village pottery, Thar Desert Rajasthan, India

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Migratory Demoiselle cranes, Thar Desert Rajasthan, India

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In the streets of Jaisalmer Thar Desert, India

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Sunrise at the Taj Mahal and fog rising from the Yamuna river, Agra India

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Sunrise over the Yamuna river, Agra India

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Jawaharial Nehru